23rd September – The Conception of the Honorable Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist JOHN

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. On the 23rd of September, the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Conception of the Honorable Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist JOHN. Apolytikion Hymn (Dismissal Hymn). Forth Tone REJOICE, O thou brethren one who hadst not borneContinue reading “23rd September – The Conception of the Honorable Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist JOHN”

HOMILY ON THE LIFE-GIVING CROSS FROM THE HOLY FATHERS OF THE CHURCH

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. HOMILY ON THE LIFE-GIVING CROSS FROM THE HOLY FATHERS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH "Our Lord was trampled on by Death," writes Saint Ephraim the Syrian (A.D. 306-383). And in His turn trod out a wayContinue reading “HOMILY ON THE LIFE-GIVING CROSS FROM THE HOLY FATHERS OF THE CHURCH”

THE EXALTATION/ELEVATION OF THE HOLY AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS [Part II)

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. THE EXALTATION/ELEVATION OF THE HOLY AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS [Part II] Let us return to the site of Golgotha. Saint Helen was the first to venerate the Holy Cross and kiss it…The crowd grew and pressedContinue reading “THE EXALTATION/ELEVATION OF THE HOLY AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS [Part II)”

14th SEPTEMBER – THE EXALTATION OF THE HONORABLE AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. On the 14th of September, the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the EXALTATION of the Honorable and Life-Giving CROSS. Apolytikion Hymn (Dismissal Hymn). First Tone SAVE, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance grant ThouContinue reading “14th SEPTEMBER – THE EXALTATION OF THE HONORABLE AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS”

8th September, the Nativity of the VIRGIN MARY

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. On the 8th of September, the Holy Orthodox Church Commemorates the Nativity of the VIRGIN MARY (Mariam). Apolytikion (Dismissal) Hymn. Fourth Tone THY NATIVITY, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole world; for fromContinue reading “8th September, the Nativity of the VIRGIN MARY”

THE FEAST-DAY OF SAINT KASSIANE, ABBESS AND HYMNOGRAPHER (7th September)

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. On the 7th of September, our Holy Orthodox Church commemorates our Venerable Mother among the Saints, KASSIANE, Abbess (Egoumene) and Hymnographer. Our holy Mother Kassiane was born in Constantinople some time before A.D. 805. HerContinue reading “THE FEAST-DAY OF SAINT KASSIANE, ABBESS AND HYMNOGRAPHER (7th September)”

THE SANCTITY OF THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAMILY

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. THE SANCTITY OF THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAMILY. “Then God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply…” [Genesis 1:28 Adam’s and Eve’s potential to have children began with God’s blessing to “BeContinue reading “THE SANCTITY OF THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAMILY”

1st SEPTEMBER: THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW ECCLESIASTICAL YEAR OR OF THE INDICTION, THE NEW YEAR

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. 1st SEPTEMBER OUR HOLY ORTHODOX CHURCH CELEBRATES THE INDICTION OR BEGINNING OF THE NEW ECCLESIASTICAL YEAR. Apolytikion (Dismissal) Hymn of the Indiction. Second Tone O MAKER of all creation, Who hast established the times andContinue reading “1st SEPTEMBER: THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW ECCLESIASTICAL YEAR OR OF THE INDICTION, THE NEW YEAR”

“O Heavenly King…Who art everywhere present…”

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. O Heavenly King and Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present, and fillest all things, the Treasury of all blessings and Giver of Life, come and dwell in us, and purify us fromContinue reading ““O Heavenly King…Who art everywhere present…””

“JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER” (Hebrews 13:8)

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God, CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE. "JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER" (Hebrews 13:8) If I were to define the Holy Orthodox Christian Faith and Church this is what I would confess as, "Jesus Christ is the sameContinue reading ““JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER” (Hebrews 13:8)”